Agenda for Meeting Two: Sept. 13-14, 2010 in Philadelphia, Penn.

The Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Monday, September 13

8:45-8:50 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
Commission Chair

James Wagner, Ph.D.
Commission Vice Chair

8:50-9:30 a.m.  Session 1: Oversight of Emerging Technologies: Lessons from Prior Advisory Committee Efforts [Video] [Transcript]

Ruth R. Faden, Ph.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Professor, Department of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

Alexander M. Capron, LL.B. [Slides]
University Professor, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics
Professor of Law Keck School of Medicine
Co-Director Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics
University of Southern California

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Session 2: Synthetic Biology: What New Methods and Products are being Developed? [Video] [Transcript]

James J. Collins, Ph.D. [Slides]
University Professor, William F. Warren Distinguished Professor
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Co-Director Center for BioDynamics Boston University
Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Ron Weiss, Ph.D. [Slides]
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:30-10:45 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.  Session 3: Knowledge Sharing, Innovation and Translating Research for the Public Good [Video] [Transcript]

Arti K. Rai, J.D.
Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law
Duke University School of Law
Center for Public Genomics, Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy
Duke University

Ashley J. Stevens, D.Phil. [Slides]
Special Assistant to the Vice President of Research Office of Technology Development
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
Boston University
President, Association of University Technology Managers

David B. Weiner, Ph.D. [Slides]
Professor, Pathology
Laboratory Medicine Chair, Therapy and Vaccines Program
CAMB University of Pennsylvania

12-1:45 p.m.  Lunch

1:45-3 p.m.  Session 4: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives [Video] [Transcript]

Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D. [Slides]
Emmanuel and Robert Hart Director Center for Bioethics
Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics
School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D.
Director, Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Director, Islamic Chaplaincy Program
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations
Hartford Seminary
President, Islamic Society of North America

Sondra E. Wheeler, Ph.D. [Slides]
Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics
Wesley Theological Seminary

3-3:15 p.m.  Break

3:15-4:15 p.m.  Session 5: Social Responsibility, Risk Assessment, and Ethics [Video] [Transcript]

Bryan G. Norton, Ph.D. [Slides]
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D. [Slides]
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor
Professor, History and Sociology of Science, Philosophy, Medical Ethics
School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

4:15-4:30 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
James Wagner, Ph.D.

Tuesday, September 14

The Agora Annenberg Public Policy Center
202 S. 36th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

9-9:10 a.m.  Opening Remarks

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
James Wagner, Ph.D.

9:10-10 a.m. Session 6: Current Practices and Activities [Video] [Transcript]

Randy D. Rettberg, M.S. [Slides]
Director, iGEM and MIT Registry of Standard Biological Parts
Principal Research Engineer, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Department of Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jason Bobe, M.S.I.S. [Slides]
Director of Community Personal Genome Project
Harvard Medical School

10-10:15 a.m.  Break

10:15-11:30 a.m.  Session 7: Biosecurity and Biosafety [Video] [Transcript]

David A. Relman, M.D.
Thomas M. and Joan C. Merigan Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Chief of Infectious Diseases
Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System
Chair, Working Group on Synthetic Biology
National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity

Damon Terrill, J.D., M.A. [Slides]
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
International Legal and Regulatory Affairs Integrated DNA Technologies
Representing the International Gene Synthesis Consortium

Ralf Wagner, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer, Geneart AG
Professor and Chief, Molecular Microbiology and Gene Therapy
University of Regensburg Institute of Medical Microbiology & Hygiene
Representing the International Gene Synthesis Consortium

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  Session 8: Reflections for the Future [Video] [Transcript]

Sydney Brenner, M.D., D.Phil.
Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Crick-Jacobs Center
The Salk Institute

12-12:15 p.m.  Concluding Remarks

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
James Wagner, Ph.D.


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